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Terror attack at Karachi Police Office seen as a major security lapse

Social media is brimming with questions about how the terrorists managed to enter the police chief's office, which is located behind the Saddar police station on Sharea Faisal.

Friday, unidentified armed men attacked the police chief’s office in Karachi. Law enforcement agencies (LEAs) successfully managed to regain control after a four-hour operation which resulted in the neutralization of three terrorists.

While police officials received praise for the successful conclusion of the operation, the KPO attack has raised concern about the severe security lapse which led to the terror attack. Social media is brimming with questions about how the terrorists managed to enter the police chief’s office, which is located behind the Saddar police station on Sharea Faisal.

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Furthermore, government authorities have once again come under fire for failing to maintain law and order which led to such a major security lapse, that too in the main artery of the city.

“Kudos to the policemen for showing bravery, but the question cannot be ignored as to how these armed men dressed in shalwar kameez managed to enter the police headquarters by defeating the high-security arrangements,” journalist Hamid Mir said on Twitter.

“I pray for the safety of our police officers. The nation stands behind you in fighting crime & terrorism. Sadly, Sindh Police has been plagued with political inductions, therefore these security failures. Zardari Mafia has played havoc with our law enforcement agencies,” PTI’s Ali Haider Zaidi said. 

“The terrorist attack in Karachi is another alarming development. Yet that round table conference on countering the security threat never took place. Nor has any strategy/plan to counter the rising wave of militancy been unveiled by the govt. The priority seems to lie elsewhere,” former ambassador Maleeha Lodhi said.

“Poor governance always leaves a vacuum that is seized by forces of evil like TTP to pursue their nefarious designs. This is yet another sign of the complete failure of this government. Sadly, the fire is spreading to all four corners of Pakistan,” law expert Hassan Aslam Shad said. 

“Serious security lapse in Karachi due to which three terrorists entered on sadar police office and managed to create harassment and raising questions about security arrangements of police,” Brig (retd) Haris Nawaz said.

Pertinent to mention that flaws have been identified in security arrangements at the Karachi Police Office. There is no security gate to enter Police Lines Saddar where families of policemen are residing. Terrorists allegedly entered KPO by climbing the rear wall and the three security checkposts at the city police chief’s office were not manned at the time of the attack. Barbed wire, on the rear wall of the KPO, was also cut and there are no CCTV cameras installed to monitor the building from the Shahrae Faisal side.

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